Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Page One



So this is the very first page of my art journal.  I’ve never made an art journal before, and I’ve never had a blog before--so this is all a new experience for me.  I could never have started this blog if it wasn’t for my son Nick. I’m very proud of Nick. He received his Doctorate degree this last summer, and is now teaching at Ramapo College in New Jersey. He lives in New York City--a dream he’s had since he was 20 years old. Which once again shows that you can make anything happen that you want to as long as you believe it and work hard for it. He didn’t learn this from me--I learned it from him.  So Thanks Nick!!   I have 5 kids altogether--all different in their own right, and they’ve all taught me something different, which has helped me become the person I am now.

I also want to mention Mystele. Mystele is an awesome lady. Not only is she an amazing artist, but she’s also an amazing teacher. I started following her blog about a year ago. I loved her art, and got to know her through her videos. Last October, she offered her first ever online class, which I immediately signed up for (another first for me). It’s called Gut Art--art from your gut--finding your authentic voice. She’s offering another one in February, and I can’t recommend this class enough for any type artist--beginner to advanced.

The first week, she wanted everyone to make their own journal--their Gut Art book. She made hers along with us with her numerous videos showing us different techniques and ideas on how to make it. At the time, I was getting ready for one of my big art fairs, and I knew that I couldn’t possibly do this. First week in--I was already the bad kid in the classroom. But after that I participated, and put my best effort in every assignment. She’s a completely committed teacher, and I also became committed as well. The class is over now, but the site is still open, because all of us have made a connection, and have become very supportive of each other. What I benefited the most from this class, aside from the many art techniques from Mystele as well as the other classmates, was self confidence--in my art and in myself. I’ve always been a good student, and have always finished my assignments, and I will this time too.

So, Mystele, here’s the start of my Gut Art Book! I hope everyone follows along--it will be a big, colorful never-ending journal!

Here is some of my past work:

I like to use texture and pattern in my art.


I like to collage.


I also make collage assemblages. More about this in my next blog.


This is my newest endeavor. I've always liked the angels and painted faces in general. I'm still learning this, but I really enjoy it and I hope to improve as I go along.

20 comments:

nick said...

hooray! it only took us 47 more hours than we expected, but we did it!

i'm excited to see more - of your work and what you did in the class!

Niki Jackson ~The Vintage Artist said...

Hey Diane
What a beautiful blog you now have, congratulations!

Looking forward to following you. xxx

nelda ream said...

Congratulations, Diane! Your blog is beautiful and so is your art. I look forward to seeing more.

Ursula said...

Wheee! Diane has a blog now! Watch out world! smiiiiiiles

Buffy said...

Hi Diane,Yay!! I love your blog and all your art.I'm happy for you! Can't wait to see more.I read your son's comment,he sounds like my son when he got my blog set up.

Mary said...

Congratulations Diane, and welcome to the wonderful world of blogging!

Your blog looks wonderful, love the colors you chose, they are so warm and inviting. What a fun adventure for you and your son to do together.

Your journal cover is fantastic Diane!

Hugs!

willowing said...

wow what a wonderful blog and some beautiful art!! congrats on joining the online art community this way! oxox tam

mystele said...

diane!!! what a GORGEOUS blog. WOW! nick's comment over there is making me laugh! and you did figure out the banner! it's beautiful...can't wait for more, and thank you so much for encouraging me!!! xo

Kerin said...

Hi Diane! Saw your message on Mixed Media Art and came right over! This is a fantastic blog and with your wondrously cool art it is sure to be a great destination. Congrats!!!

Sandy said...

Diane, This is a beautiful blog. I like the banner and the way you laid it out. Congratulations. It was worth the 47 extra hours. lol.

Your artwork is beautiful and yay for getting your gut art book done. Go, go, go!

michelle brown said...

fantstic blog xxxxxx

Utah Grammie said...

Well, welcome to blogland You're work is beautiful and I will take a look at that journal class. Nice to meet you-

Diane said...

THANK YOU Everyone for the welcome!!

Adrian said...

Oh how wonderful! You have started out with a bang! Your artwork is so beautiful and I am glad I will be able to follow you and your new work.
Congratulations!!!

joyfulploys said...

Diane, your new blog looks great!! Thanks for adding me to your links, I'll add you very soon...I haven't been able to do anything on my blog lately and haven't done any art...now that Thanksgiving is over, I hope to get back into it.
Cheers,
Mary

Julia said...

Muchas felicidades por tu blog, es encantador, y muchas felicidades por tus trabajos, desde hoy te sigo. Saludos, espero que visites mi blog.
http://tallerdejuliatorregrosa.blogspot.com

Uniquely Myself said...

Hello Diane! Thanks for following my blog. Oh my do we ever have a lot of similar interests! Your work is lovely - looking forward to seeing more. I accept all inspiration! Sandra

Robin said...

Wow Love this (home) too...great style i need to get into this more..i checked out nystele..really kool...Glad Ive found You..!!

indybev said...

LOVE your blog and your journal pages! We're so glad you brought your talent to the Three Muses, and we look forward to lots more! Thank you for joining in this week's challenge. Your angel is gorgeous!

Gina Lee Kim said...

Diane I love your first journal page. I am hopping all around your blog and I just love your creative spirit!

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